Influential religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) will be celebrating its 100th foundation anniversary this coming July 27. The said day, which this year falls on a Sunday, is a special working holiday throughout the Philippines as mandated by Republic Act (RA) 9645.
Enacted during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, RA 9645 praises INC for its “exemplary feat of leading its members towards spiritual enlightenment and good citizenry.”
With just three weeks to go before the big day, President Benigno Aquino III, another INC endorsee, declared 2014 as “Iglesia ni Cristo Centennial Year.” He made the announcement through Proclamation 815, a copy of which though is not yet posted on the government website.
The Aquino administration also announced the creation of an inter-government task force meant to implement measures to assure that the centennial anniversary celebration on July 27 will proceed safely.
Keep in mind that since July 27 is designated as a special working holiday (quite an oxymoron, really 😉 ), those who will be going to work on this day will not receive any additional pay.
This is because according to the Department of Labor and Employment, “work performed on a (working holiday) is considered work on ordinary working days.”